Jan. 12, 2007

Volume 26, Number 19

ON THE COVER:
news

In Search of a New Agenda

What to look for in the 80th session of the Texas Legislature

Block 21 Plans Getting Around

High-profile renderings highlight combination of hotel, museum, and music venues for Downtown

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Who's in Charge at APD?

It's difficult to say who's running the cop shop these days

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Point Austin: The Other House

Senators meet the 80th with anticipation

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Multiple proposals come before council to preserve housing affordability near Downtown

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

The Invaders From Afar; and the Inspiring Power of Kids

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

IN PRINT

In Print

Colette Rossant's The World in My Kitchen

BY KATE THORNBERRY

In Print

The Brass sisters' Heirloom Baking

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Food-o-File

More gingerbread, more openings, and more ...

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Jan. 12-18

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

El Gringo & the Red House

Amid lounging hipsters, comfort food with a sophisticated spin

A Trip to Bountiful Bakery and Cafe

After the death of her young daughter Libbie, longtime Austin caterer Becky Nichols was inspired to create a business where a portion of the profits would benefit children living with cancer
music

Planet Funk Meets Planet Punk

Nu beats on famous bleats

BY MARC SAVLOV

Texas Platters

Live Shots

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

TCB

Emo's surfaces on Playboy.com, a California label floats Austin's punk scene, SXSW volunteers swim upstream, and a flock of dead birds reminds TCB of their distinguished pop-music ancestors

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Texas Platters

Led Zeppelin Hoot

Live Shots

Chili Cold Blood

Lips

Rokkatone

In This Life

Mundi

The Book and the Flower

Papa Mali

Do Your Thing

AUX

AUX

the Alice Rose

Phonographic Memory
screens

Once Upon a Time in Spain

Guillermo del Toro on fairy tales, facists, and everybody's new favorite movie

BY MARC SAVLOV

At Risk

Nick Cassavetes on Alpha Dog

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

AFS Texas Documentary Tour

The Holy Modal Rounders: Bound to Lose

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

TV Eye

You can put down the book now

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

'Monsters and Madmen'

The Haunted Strangler, Corridors of Blood, First Man Into Space, and The Atomic Submarine

Film Reviews

Alpha Dog

It’s a soggy true-crime drama – too serious to be trashy, too trashy to be serious.

Code Name: The Cleaner

For anyone venturing to see this so-called comedy, it will be hard to remember that Cedric the Entertainer is actually funny. Or rather, he can be.

Curse of the Golden Flower

The rather emotionally insignificant melodrama at the center of this film is given only minimal cover from scrutiny by Zhang Yimou’s visual virtuosity.

Happily N'Ever After

The animated Happily N'Ever After isn't just cynically humorless, it's shoddy-looking to boot.

Notes on a Scandal

This movie with Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett is a hothouse psychodrama, full of outrageous and florid sentiments that are made semipalatable by the quality of the craftsmanship involved.

Pan's Labyrinth

Pan’s Labyrinth catapults Guillermo del Toro to the top ranks of international filmmakers: His dark and fertile imagination appears to have no limit.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Adapted from Patrick Süskind's heretofore unadaptable cult novel about an olfactory vampire in 18th-century France, Perfume is a gorgeous but woefully overlong and ultimately misguided mess.

Primeval

A news crew goes upriver in South Africa to capture a fearsome 25-foot crocodile and also tangles with a local warlord.

Stomp the Yard

Although littered with clichés and shopworn manipulations, this film's intervening dance sequences are so captivating that it’s almost possible to forget you’ve seen this movie a hundred times before.

Volver

No working male director loves the community of women more than Almodóvar, and Volver is his ode of love to women’s congress and fortitude.
arts & culture

Portraits of the Artists as FronteraFest Regulars

Why they perform year after year after year

BY BARRY PINEO

'No American Talent': Coming around the Mountain from faraway lands

BY RACHEL KOPER

Tapestry Dance Company: Movin' out

Tapestry Dance Company has to leave its home of 10 years, but it's headed for bigger and better digs in South Austin

BY BARRY PINEO

Top 10 Visual Arts Exhibitions of 2006 (in chronological order)

Chronicle arts writer Amanda Douberley names the Top 10 visual arts exhibitions of 2006

BY AMANDA DOUBERLEY

365 Days/365 Plays: Weeks 9 & 10

The yearlong festival of plays by Suzan-Lori Parks continues with seven plays performed by Two Dave Crew in week nine and seven more performed by Fadi Skeiker Shadows in week 10

Arts Reviews

Big River

TexARTS' Big River, its first foray into full-scale musical production, was more than impressive; it was energetic, entertaining, and joyous

The Available Cupholders

There's a lot of improv to be seen in Austin, and much of it is good; the Available Cupholders are an excellent example of why and how

'Wait and Hope: New Works by Katy O'Connor/Restless Timber: New Works by Jennifer Drummond'

Volitant Gallery's pairing of Katy O'Connor and Jennifer Drummond works so well, you might want to gather some friends and go picnic in the woods by way of celebration
columns

Page Two: In This World

The all-consuming genius of Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth

BY LOUIS BLACK

Day Trips

Add these destinations to your checklist of must-do day trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Queen Victoria's burial booty, and catching up with the Oyls

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Personal finances – consequences of writing hot checks

BY LUKE ELLIS

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BY NICK BARBARO

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